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Funny holiday movies for tweens and teens

Get your kids back to snuggling on the sofa with these flicks

Funny holiday movies for tweens and teens

As kids get older, it gets harder to get that close, physical bonding. These movies will help start a new tradition and get your kids snuggling up with you in no time. Grab some hot cocoa and hit the couch. Most can be found several streaming services. Our links here to go IMDb.

The first of this series is one of my family's absolute favorites. It never fails to elicit some good belly laughs from everyone. An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Mayhem ensues and the laughter begins. 

This is the number one, top favorite Christmas movie with my kids. My grandson found it a little scary, so we will try again next year. This is a stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy holiday film that tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of "Halloween Town" who stumbles upon "Christmas Town" and becomes obsessed with celebrating the holiday. 

Finally alone for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise instead. This doesn't sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer and Walt Scheel, who are determined to win the annual "best decorated street" competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.

The Griswold family is back. and their plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. His hick cousin shows up unannounced with his family and his employers decide not to give bonuses this year. Chaos ensues with tons of laughable moments.

Danny DeVito, who plays the new guy on the block Danny, has big dreams and plans to illuminate his house with enough holiday lights to make it visible from space. Not to be outdone, Steve, his neighbor, tries to outdo him in this hilarious comedy. You will be sure to get some giggles from this one.

When Santa Claus' little known, older brother, Fred (Vince Vaughn), returns to the North Pole, the black sheep of the family manages to create comic chaos that almost destroys Christmas before finally proving that he isn't the loser that the younger Claus has always believed him to be.

This hysterical flick stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as two rival fathers, both desperately trying to purchase a Turbo-Man action figure for their respective sons on a last-minute shopping spree on Christmas Eve. Watch these two compete as they travel all over town trying to get this toy.

Jim Carrey does a bang-up job as the cranky green guy who hates Christmas. Watch as he seeks revenge on all the Whos in Whoville and tries to steal the holiday away. My kids prefer this version to the old-fashioned cartoon that I grew up with. Definitely worth a watch.

My older son loves Ernest and this movie does not disappoint. Santa is looking for his replacement and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell is just the man to help him out. As they travel to Florida, Santa gets into trouble and it's up to Ernest and a teenage girl to bail him out. This is an oldie but goodie that everyone should see.

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. Laughter and chaos reign in this fun comedy.

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